Lightning, Hockley strike Iowa Lakers

The air was electric, and it wasn’t just the lightning, as the Laramie County Community College women’s soccer team took a 1–0 victory during the first home game of the season against Iowa Lakes Community College Sept. 6.

The start of the game was delayed an hour because of rainy and thundering conditions similar to those that set back the NFL game in Denver the evening before, but LCCC coach Jim Gardner said unlike the Broncos he did not feel it dampened the team’s momentum starting out. “They were pretty loose,” he said. “It didn’t affect them.” The Golden Eagles spent a good deal of game time on their own half of the pitch, as the Lakers kept up the pressure. Gardner chalked it up to a strong effort from the Iowa Lakes’ offense. “That wasn’t on purpose,” Gardner said. “They’re a good team. Luckily, they weren’t dangerous, and that was good. We were able to contain them, defensively.”

The game remained scoreless until minute 76, when striker Taylor Hockley found herself alone up front, staring down Iowa goal-keeper Julianna Gibson, who moved out to meet her. Hockley put the ball squarely over Gibson’s right shoulder to score the only goal of the game--Hockley’s fourth in her last three match-ups.

This game left the LCCC women’s team 1–0–0 at home and 3–1–0 for the season thus far. The team is next scheduled to play Northern Idaho College at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, in Cheyenne. LCCC will play at home three more games in a row following Sunday’s match.

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